Private tour

Private 7-Hour Istanbul Tour with Red Carpet Treatment

4.6 / 5

41 reviews

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

Private 7-Hour Istanbul Tour with Red Carpet Treatment

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

From US$ 175 per person

Admire the best of Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul on a full-day tour of this endlessly absorbing city. Travel by luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, and check out 5 top Istanbul attractions that recall these all-powerful empires.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Pickup included
You will be picked up from all hotels located in Taksim, Beyoglu, Sisli, Harbiye, Fatih, Sultanahmet, Old City, and Besiktas areas.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a private VIP tour of Istanbul by private vehicle with a professional guide
  • Visit Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and more
  • Wander the labyrinth of shopping streets in the Grand Bazaar
Full description
Your private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel or cruise ship, and you’ll head out for a full-day VIP tour of Istanbul. Visit the Hippodrome, the center of sporting and political activities of ancient Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the German Fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the Blue Mosque, dating from the 17th century. This is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and one of the principal features of the city skyline. It’s best known for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Afterwards, you’ll visit Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence that was the seat of the Great Ottoman Empire. Explore the spectacular museum and its vast collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the treasury of the royal family. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Byzantine Church considered one of the finest and largest architectural works in the world. The last stop on the tour is the Grand Bazaar. In addition to its historical importance, this is a shopping venue that will tempt even the non-shoppers among you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel or cruise ship.
Includes
  • All entrance tickets
  • Private professional tour guide
  • Private luxurious Mercedes-Benz minibus
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the visit will be replaced with a visit to the Basilica Cistern
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 41 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The tour was really great! Well organized and you could learn so much from Metin our guide! Despite our short time - we were in Istanbul on a cruise ship so didn't get to use the 7 hours - Metin was so flexible and tailored the tour to our needs! We were picked up from the terminal and brought back.

October 9, 2022

The tour in the morning was really great. Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque. Our guide was great. In the afternoon the tide had turned and we were ushered into sales shows. That was unpleasant, we would have liked to have explored the city more. We also had to wait an hour for our driver to come and take us back to the hotel. That was a stupid ending.

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October 2, 2022

The private tour was exactly what we had in mind. Binnur our tour guide made the tour very informative and fun for us. We didn't have to stick to the schedule and were able to express our wishes. The long queues that are common in Istanbul could at least be avoided to a large extent by the private tour. In the Hagia Sophia, Binnur brought us closer to her view of Islam without wanting to proselytize. The Basilica Cistern, which we visited unscheduled, is also recommended. Thanks again to Binnur for the great day we were allowed to spend with her.

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September 26, 2022

Product ID: 58466